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Blog: Ever wreck a laptop with water? I have!

Blog: Ever wreck a laptop with water? I have!

I had just hung up the phone. It was a good interview, and a key one for that sidewalk story I just published. I was working outside on our patio table last Monday, a gorgeous afternoon. The fam had just gotten home from the beach, and as I was gesticulating about my...

Blog: My thoughts on that moose

Blog: My thoughts on that moose

Grey and cloudy - with a rainbow and blue skies at the end. It’s an analogy for my week! Visibility-wise, it’s been my slowest since The Phoenix launched. I’ve been busy behind the scenes of course, but if you look at my website and Facebook, it’s been pretty quiet...

Blog: My version of local news

Blog: My version of local news

My first job as a reporter was in the summer of 1999. I developed my black and white photos in a tiny darkroom (devastating when you screw up and lose a roll), and on production days, I’d measure out my stories, paste them on a big board for each page (forget what...

Guest Blog: Before you judge an Alberta plate..

Guest Blog: Before you judge an Alberta plate..

The crappy thing about making mistakes is – you don’t typically recognize it until you are in the thick of it. I found myself in the midst of a do-it-yourself dilemma a few weeks ago during a drive from my Calgary home to Vancouver. It wasn’t an easy decision to pack...

Blog: Why I ask for $4 a month

Blog: Why I ask for $4 a month

Back in October, I was really stuck. The Peachland Phoenix had a name, and very clear reason to be - even a logo. But there was something I was approaching with dread. I’m not a salesperson, and the traditional media model of advertising-generated revenue made me...

Blog: People are reaching out = good news for The Phoenix!

Blog: People are reaching out = good news for The Phoenix!

It’s a rainy morning and it’s supposed to be an 80% chance of this continuing through the day. As my daughter just said of the fog that’s rolling in, “it looks plain out there.” Anyway, I was up doing some planning and remembered a few pictures local photographer...

Blog: It’s not a numbers game

Blog: It’s not a numbers game

I woke up this morning to the most overnight page views ever. I remember the same kind of thrill when I was at the Calgary Sun. Mega pressure before deadline, agonizing over what you printed, and then the next day, you grab a Herald and a Sun, walk into the newsroom,...

Blog: Seeds and Starbucks and Some Peace & Quiet

Blog: Seeds and Starbucks and Some Peace & Quiet

Quietly, quietly, I walk the long way around the house to check the garden. The back deck is a more direct route, but it’s squeaky and my daughter wakes up like a shot at the smallest sound. I’m balancing coffee, my laptop and my phone. I want to see if my seedlings...

Blog: A new hike – and more new subscribers!

Blog: A new hike – and more new subscribers!

Looks like the rain has let up! These pics are from about 24 hours ago - we hiked Goats Peak for the first time. Won’t lie, this wasn’t high on my to-do list because of that right turn you have to make off Drought Hill at Seclusion Bay Rd. But if you haven’t been,...

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